The Gortress is a fortress located in the Gittish Empire in Dragon Quest IX. It is where the empire keeps various prisoners it has captured. It was created by someone, a bird or a dragon, called "Stellestria".
The story opens with <the hero> next to a Gittish soldier. In front of Goreham-Hogg, he says that <the hero> is the person who Hootingham-Gore's forces are saying is causing trouble. The faithful Lieutenant then says to throw them in the dungeons. The hero is forced in and told to get rest while he/she can.
Later, a soldier comes to wake <the hero>, and to get to work. When they go to the bridge, on the end they see a big man. He introduces himself as Sterling and offers to give <the hero> a tour. Sterling walks to the shield field with <the hero> and he warns them not to go past. It's explained that the...special people (Celestrians) are kept there. He says they'll get a painful shock if they touch it. He tells <the hero> to see for themselves. He's surprised when - because of Greygnarl's Gittish Seal - they go straight through it.
He then shows <the hero> the gallows (where prisoners are hung), and says they put the people who skive off from work here. Then they are shown the graves and introduced to Digby, who digs the graves for all those who die in the Gortress. Then <the hero> is taken to the entrance of the Gortress, where they see they aren't allowed to go in. Finally, they're taken to the main labour area, where people are spinning a wheel (One person asks "What does this even do?", however the Gittish soldier replies that it's mandatory work for the empire, although he doesn't know either). Sterling says that's the whole thing. The screen goes black and says, that after a hard day of work, the hero goes to the cells again.
In the morning, a person slacking from work yesterday is about to be killed. Sterling decides this is enough, and attacks the soldiers, and told <the hero> to turn the shield fields off, so <the hero> goes to the watch tower, battles a lethal armour and closes it. They turn it off and get out. They go to the other entrance with Sterling, while the other people battle. <the hero> and Sterling go to free the "special prisoners", which Sterling reveals are Celestrians.
They go to Goreham-Hogg's lair, where there are 2 treasure chests, the lieutenant and two soldiers. Sterling tells <the hero> to take care of Hogg, and he'll defeat the soldiers. When they defeat him, < the hero> and Sterling open the chests, and find the Ultimate Key and a whistle. <the hero> uses the key to free the Celestrians and exit the watch tower. The people are still there, supposedly waiting for their leader (They really just needed guidance).
After this, Barbarus shows up and attacks, and everyone flees. Just then, the Starflight Express comes and hits Barbarus, knocking him away. <the hero> and Sterling go to it, and Stella is there, saying she's been looking all over the Protectorate for the hero and Sterling. Sterling reveals his true identity. He's the captain of the Starflight Express. He takes <the hero> back to the Observatory, ending the story of the Gortress.
|Dragon Quest IX (DS)|
| Recipe: "Walk Like a Tank: Heavy Armour and its Uses"||Level 1 - Southwest corner bookshelf|
|Ultimate key||Level 1, guarded by Goreham-Hogg|
There is a blue spot in Gortress Watch Tower that restores the party for free but is only accessible after the Shield Field is turned off.
|Medicinal herb||8 G||Restore 30 HP|
|Antidotal herb||10 G||Cure poison state|
|Chimaera wing||25 G||Teleport to visited towns/villages|
|Holy water||40 G||Monster repellent|
|Angel bell||90 G||Cure confusion state|
|Magic water||500 G||Restore 30 MP|
|Note: The merchant will leave after Goreham-Hogg was defeated.|
Monsters in the Area
|#176 - Lethal armour|
Seed of defense
|Note: Event-encountered monster
|Gortress - Watchtower - 2F|
|#270 - Goreham-Hogg|
Tough guy tattoo (100%)
|Description: One of the Triumgorate. He sealed those who fell from the skies in cells and sucked out their power.
Was burnt to a cinder by Greygnarl's blazing breath three centuries ago, and brought back as a horrific hog.
|Gortress - L1|
- Note: The priest will leave after Goreham-Hogg was defeated.
- Note: This restriction will lapse after the shield field generator is switched off.
|Italian||Casa del dolore|